*early morning liturgy.
*taking the apples outside to work together.
*the murder of crows is back - and raucous.
*making the weekend bouquets.
*big brother home in time to help make dinner: sausages served with the ketchup and sauerkraut I made earlier in the week - delicious!
*a little down time, yessirree.
"Laundry, liturgy and women's work all serve to ground us in the world, and they need not grind us down. Our daily tasks, whether we perceive them as drudgery or essential, life-supporting work, do not define who we are as women or as human beings. But they have considerable spiritual import, and their significance for Christian theology, and the way they come together in the fabric of faith, is not often appreciated. But it is daily tasks, daily acts of love and worship that serve to remind us that the religion is not strictly an intellectual pursuit, and these days it is easy to lose sight of that as, like our society itself, churches are becoming more politicized and polarized. Christian faith is a way of life, not an impregnable fortress made up of ideas; not a philosophy; not a grocery list of beliefs." ~ Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries
EDITED TO ADD:
I was scrolling through all these posts tonight and I noticed that one of my children - who shall remain unidentified *ahem* - is wearing the same clothes in almost every photo. The sad thing is that I really did take each of these photos on the day they are posted under. Yes, that means this child has been wearing the same clothes for nearly a week; it also means that child probably hasn't bathed this whole week. I remember when I was a brand new mom and we went to the church Christmas pageant and I saw this little boy - who was the youngest of many - climb on the stage in pants that were too short and his hair looking like he just crawled out of bed. I snuggled my only, infant child close to me and vowed I would NEVER have such unkempt children. Right. Young moms, if you think it won't happen to you, just go ahead and wait a few years and have a couple more kids. Proper humility comes to all mothers who live past their children's infancy.